• “We had a poor start which brought down the squad’s morale. We never utilised our chances,” said Angila.
•Meanwhile, Ulinzi Starlets assistant coach Rodgers Omari dedicated the win to head coach Joseph Wambua, who missed the match through illness.
Nakuru coach James Angila remains optimistic about their chances of a podium finish despite a 2-1 defeat by Ulinzi Starlets at the Ulinzi Sports Complex on Sunday.
Nakuru are ninth on the Women’s Premier League standings with 11 points from 13 matches. Kenya Police Bullets are top with 31 points, three better than defending champions Vihiga Queens in second.
The soldiers are third with 26 points. Angila said a slow start and defensive lapses cost them against Ulinzi.
“We had a poor start which brought down the squad’s morale. We never utilised our chances,” said Angila.
They now go back to the drawing board to address their shortcomings.
Meanwhile, Ulinzi Starlets assistant coach Rodgers Omari dedicated the win to head coach Joseph Wambua, who missed the match through illness.
“I didn’t have any doubts that we would perform today. We knew Nakuru would come prepared. We beat them 5-0 in the first leg and we knew they would be targeting revenge,” said Omari.
“Our passing and system combination worked but Nakuru gave us problems.”
Keziah Ikhungu and Lucy Nato struck for the winners while Wanjala Lenah netted Nakuru’s consolation.
Meanwhile, Bunyore secured a thrilling 3-2 victory over Zetech in Luanda. In other matches, Kibera beat Wadadia 4-2 while Police Bullets edged Vihiga Queens 1-0.
Elsewhere, off-the-pitch problems affecting Bungoma Queens and Gaspo Ladies saw a match between the two fail to kick off. However, Bungoma were awarded the match.